After a busy week in Puerto Rico spent visiting Old San Juan, a rainforest, and caves, Jessica and I were ready for some intense relaxation! This week, we are visiting my family in Florida, and our days here have been less busy.
Much of our time in Florida revolves around animals. My parents have two dogs: Wilson and Dexter. They are Braque d’auvergnes, a French breed of pointers originally bred to be hunters. They are closely related to German pointers.
Dogs love routines, and these two have a great one. Their day includes two long walks. The first begins by traveling through wetlands where they get to stalk birds and lizards. Then, they head to an open field full of giant trees where speedy squirrels torment them and they socialize with the other dogs from the neighborhood. Next, they walk around a beautiful lake before returning home through the wetlands. The dogs love their walks, and they celebrate their return home with good long naps.
Dogs aren’t the only animals that seem to rule my family’s life. Along with my mother and step-father, my sister lives in Florida. She is a horse trainer and spends her days riding and caring for a barn full of equines. Jessica had never seen her barn, so we drove over to meet some of her horses. My mother, in particular, loves to visit the horses.
This fall, my sister Cody, got a puppy–so jealous! She and her wire-haired fox terrier named Chubbs spend the day among the horses. He loves every minute of it. I am convinced that he thinks he is a horse.
After being in New England for such a long and cold winter, it has been nice to fall into routines in Florida, even for just a few days. Being outside again is
really REALLY nice, and it is wonderful to spend the days in the company of close friends whether they be canine, equine, or human!